World Neurosurg 2023 May 9;173:5-11. Epub 2023 Feb 9.
Department of Neurosurgery, Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; Division of Neurosurgery, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy.
Obtaining a prompt diagnosis, avoiding indwelling ventriculoperitoneal shunt, and enhancing the predictive value of pathologic examinations are only some of the advantages conferred by a simultaneous third ventriculostomy and tumor biopsy in patients with pineal region tumors. The objective of this study was to retrospectively search the literature on concomitant, single burr hole endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) and tumor biopsy (TB) for pineal region tumors and to analyze the feasibility, surgical safety, and benefits of these 2 combined procedures. Consequently, a comprehensive, systematic literature search was performed in compliance with the updated PRISMA 2020 guidelines within electronic databases MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE, PLOS, and Cochrane Library. Read More